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Plant-Animal Research Competition

Four Awards ($1,500 each) + publication expenses

We are announcing a competition for external investigator reports dealing with plant-animal communications, which influence animal/human tissues. Eligible studies can vary in their methodology, but state-of-the-art research submissions are encouraged.

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Published: 2014-12-20

Correlation Between Sleep Quality of Third-Trimester Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression

Meifen Wu, Xiaoyi Li, Bin Feng, Hao Wu, Chunbo Qiu, Weifeng Zhang

(Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shangyu People's Hospital, Shangyu, Zhejiang, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2740-2745

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891222


Background: The aim of this study was to investigate whether poor sleep quality of third-trimester pregnancy is a risk factor for postpartum depression.
Material and Methods: Third-trimester pregnant women (T0, n=293) were tested using the first socio-demographic, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale assessments, and received a diagnosis of depression. Three months (T1, n=223) after delivery, scale filling was finished and the structured interview was performed again.
Results: We found that 73 persons (32.7%) were low income, 84 persons (37.7%) were middle-income, and 66 persons (29.6%) were higher income. The overall prevalence of postpartum depression was 9.4% (21 persons). After controlling for other factors, age, household income, marital satisfaction, and sleep quality were significantly related to postpartum depression, in which age and sleep quality scores (a higher score was associated with poorer sleep quality) were positively related to postpartum depression, and household income and marital satisfaction were negatively related to postpartum depression. Moreover, third-trimester sleep quality score was positively related to postpartum depressive symptoms.
Conclusions: Poor third-trimester subjective sleep quality is a risk factor for postpartum depression.

Keywords: Depression, Postpartum, Pregnancy Trimester, Third, Risk Factors




Published: 2014-12-19

In Search of Memory Tests Equivalent for Experiments on Animals and Humans


Andrzej Brodziak, Estera Kołat, Alicja Różyk-Myrta

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2733-2739

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891056

Published: 2014-12-19

Serum and Vitreous Levels of Visfatin in Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy


Yongqiang Wang, Ye Yuan, Hua Jiang

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2729-2732

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891292